GRAND ISLAND — The Grand Island Invitational provided the home team with an early taste of competing against many of the top teams in the state.
The results Thursday at Jackrabbit Run Golf Course clearly show that group is led by Omaha Creighton Prep.
Carson Schaake and Andrew Hanson both finished under par to claim the top two individual spots and lead the defending Class A state champion Junior Jays to the team title with a 284. Lincoln East was second with a 300.
“This lets the boys know how hard we have to work, not only in-season but also out of season,” Grand Island coach Jim Jeffries said. “You could tell some of these kids, this is their sport and it’s all that they do.
“It’s really good for the kids to see what it takes to get to the next level.”
Schaake, last year’s individual state champion, fired a 6-under par 66 to beat out teammate Hanson by four strokes. Schaake recorded a four-under 32 on the back nine.
Creighton Prep’s other three golfers all finished in the top 12 — Ben Maschke (fourth, 73), Stephen Pfeffer (eighth, 75) and Nate Nemer (12th, 76).
Grand Island Senior High’s Gold team finished 11th with a 343 while the Purple squad was 14th with a 383.
“I thought the boys played well,” Jeffries said. “Everybody is complaining about the weather, but we’ve been outside. The kids have had a chance to work on their game a little bit.
“Today with great weather we had some nice scores from the kids, and I was pretty happy.”
Dylan Holloway barely missed out on earning a medal for the Islanders, He was one of four golfers to shoot a 77, but he came in last in the scorecard playoff while the other three took the 13th through 15th spots.
“Dylan did a good job,” Jeffries said. “He’s been working hard the last week or so, and his play today shows that. A 77 is a nice score.
“The scorecard playoff didn’t work for him, but he understands that type of stuff happens. This is a great starting point for him. He can take off from here.”
Just getting an invitational in and having a day where temperatures climbed into the lower 60s proved to be a win for all the teams involved. One day earlier, it was still questionable whether the course conditions would allow the invite to take place.
“I’m really happy with Jackrabbit Run,” Jeffries said. “The course is in great condition. Up until (Wednesday) at noon, we were iffy whether or not we were going to get to play. I’m happy they let us come out, and it was a very successful meet.”
Grand Island Invitational
Omaha Creighton Prep 284, Lincoln East 300, Lincoln Southwest 311, Lincoln Southeast 321, North Platte 322, Hastings 325, Norfolk 329, Omaha Westside 330, Columbus 339, Kearney 341, Grand Island Gold 343, Lincoln North Star 359, Lincoln Northeast 360, Grand Island Purple 383, Lincoln High 419.
1, Carson Schaake, Omaha Creighton Prep, 66; 2, Andrew Hanson, Omaha Creighton Prep, 70; 3, Cameron Bargell, North Platte, 70; 4, Ben Maschke, Omaha Creighton Prep, 73; 5, Trey Pettit, Lincoln East, 73; 6, CJ Sjulin, Lincoln Southwest, 74; 7, Eric Marble, Hastings, 74; 8, Stephen Pfeffer, Omaha Creighton Prep, 75; 9, Josh Nunnally, Lincoln East, 75; 10, Phil Baumberger, Lincoln East, 75; 11, Joe McClure, Columbus, 76; 12, Nate Nemer, Omaha Creighton Prep, 76; 13, Carter Rau, Lincoln East, 77; 14, Clayton Malone, Lincoln Southwest, 77; 15, Clayton Peterson, Lincoln Southeast, 77.